Under 13 Girls’ Hockey Team Reach The National Finals
Congratulations to the Under 12 Hockey team who attended the Regional Hockey finals and got through to the semi-finals and to the Under 13 team who won the Regional Finals and are now going through to play in the National Finals which will take place in Nottingham on 11 May. For the full report, please read on:
Following their success in winning the County Finals last term, the Under 12A Hockey team attended the Regional Hockey Finals at Cannock Hockey Club on Wednesday 18 April. They started the day with two 0-0 draws against Moreton Hall and King Edward’s, Lichfield. A 1-0 win followed against St Martin’s but a loss to a strong Loughborough High School team meant that a victory was needed in our final pool match against Princethorpe College. The team produced their best performance of the day and won the match 2-1 to knock Princethorpe out of the tournament and progress to the semi-final against Bablake. In the semi-final RGS had the better of the chances throughout the game but Bablake were clinical in front of goal and scored the only goal of the game to progress to the final. The team had a difficult start to the season but a tremendous amount of progress has been made to win the County final after Christmas and be in the top four teams in the region by the end of the season.
After winning the County Tournament, the Under 13 girls qualified to play in the Regional Finals, that were held at Cannock Hockey Club on 24 April. The group stage began with a 7-0 win over Thomas Telford, with goals shared between the squad (Hutton, Hobson, Gray, Lettori, Allen and Shaw 2). The second game against Spratton Hall was a 4-0 win (Hobson, Hutton, Shaw 2), followed by a 2-0 win over Bablake (Gray & Hutton).
This secured a place in the quarter-finals, as group winners to play Abbotsholme. After conceding from the first (and last!) defensive penalty corner and a goal of the tournament, the girls reacted well to finish the game with a 2-1 win (Hutton and Shaw). The semi-final game was against Loughborough and another two goals each for Lara Shaw and Lily Hutton provided the 4-1 win to reach the regional final game against Princethorpe. This was the most competitive game of the day, although the RGS girls played with composure and flair to conclude the tournament with a 2-0 (Lettori and Hutton) win.
The results of the day speak for themselves, with 21 goals scored and only 1 conceded, and the style of Hockey played by this squad was also outstanding. We wish the girls every success for the National Finals.